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Out of the ashes hope returns

The sound and sight of a long line of choppers flying from the flames was enough to reduce my seven year old son to tears.   “Is this the end of the world?” he asked.  And indeed, as we watched the…

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Hīkoi to Hauora: The journey to wellness

One of our team is skilled in the art of yoga.  Alice Matheson loves the discipline and dedication yoga brings to her life: the chance to strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and centre your thoughts all at the same…

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Everyone was the same

This week we made a convoy trip to Kaikōura: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; Whānau Ora Navigators; Mel Tainui, Whānau Ora Coach; Linda Ngata – our Whānau Connector; Te Puni Kōkiri; the Community Law Centre; the very distinguished Professor Regan…

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​Te Rangi Paruhi : Clear Skies Ahead

This week our entire team left the building. Not in protest, but for a purpose.  To plan, to dream, to focus our thoughts on the year ahead. Our Innovation Director, Haydon Richards, referred to the name, Te Rangi Paruhi. It…

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Time to Smell the roses

    Yes, ‘tis the season to be jolly, to express the love we have in our hearts every day but through the bustle and business of the daily grind, sometimes forget to share.      Let’s make this Christmas…

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Together we are Stronger

As I travelled to the airport in Dunedin, after a tumultuous day of hailstones and gales, there was a break in the storm and sudden burst of light.   It reflected the type of week I’d had.   Stories and statistics of…

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A gypsy at heart

“We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are deep with dreams” — Gypsy proverb When I was a new teenager, I remember being desperate to get my ears pierced.   Every other…

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The Power of Us

This week our team had a fabulous day together, utilising the strengths finder framework to mobilise the energy we need as a team, to respond to the ever-present challenge of the Whānau Ora approach.  One of our tasks in the…

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An Elixir for the Soul

Last Sunday night, I travelled up to Motuweka/Motueka to take part in the launch of Waka Whenua.    On my Dad’s side I have ancestors lying in the family cemetery at Lower Moutere Valley, in Motuweka itself and Riuwaka/Riwaka.   The…

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Aotearoa shaken up this week

The images coming over the newswires have been staggering.   The land literally ripped apart.   Pāua and koura stranded on a desolate seashore.   Piles of rubble all that are left of homes.    A group of cows perched perilously on a hilltop…

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